Outpatient management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: a prospective study.

  title={Outpatient management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax: a prospective study.},
  author={Massongo Massongo and Sylvie Leroy and Arnaud Scherpereel and Fabien Vaniet and Xavier Dhalluin and Bachar Chahine and C{\'e}line Sanfiorenzo and Micha{\"e}l G{\'e}nin and C. -H. Marquette},
  journal={The European respiratory journal},
  volume={43 2},
We prospectively assessed the safety and cost saving of a small-bore drain based procedure for outpatient management of first episodes of primary spontaneous pneumothorax. Patients were managed by observation alone or insertion of an 8.5-F "pig-tail" drain connected to a one-way valve, according to size and clinical tolerance of the pneumothorax. All patients were reassessed after 4 h, on the first working day after discharge and on day 7. Patients still exhibiting air leak on day 4 underwent… CONTINUE READING
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